Mary Morris is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the novels The Jazz Palace, A Mother's Love, and House Arrest, and of nonfiction, including the travel memoir classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in literature and the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction. Morris lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Rich storytelling woven with poetry. . . . If you haven't read Mary Morris yet, start here. Now. Immediately." --Jodi Picoult, author of Small Great Things
"Explores identity, faith, and family in a tale that spans more
than five hundred years." --The Christian Science Monitor "A
sweeping generational tale that stretches from the Spanish
Inquisition to modern-day New Mexico." --New York Post
"Morris weaves a clear and interesting tapestry, giving the reader
an indelible impression of what life was like at the time of the
Spanish Inquisition, as well as a variety of interesting character
portraits. . . . A perfect vehicle for book club discussions."
--Jewish Book Counci
"An intriguing, carefully crafted tapestry. . . . Family secrets, mysteries and love are at the heart of this story of survival against all odds." --BBC.com "This is a work so luminous, so important, that you could see it as a map of the way to live in our universe. . . . A dazzling masterpiece destined to be a classic." --Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow
"Engrossing, richly textured, and spanning centuries with deftness and ease, Gateway to the Moon is Mary Morris's most ambitious and best novel yet." --Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass
"It's a great joy when a novel so rich in history is also a total page-turner. . . . A wonderful book, remarkable in its knowledge and a terrific story." --Joan Silber, author of Improvement and Fools
"This exquisitely written novel suggests both the vastness and the intimacy of time--the ways in which the lives of the past echo in the lives of the living, whether we know it or not. A richly rewarding reading experience." --Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will
"[An] enthralling saga. . . . Magnificent characters with complex psychologies, including adventurous entrepreneurs and several courageous women, populate this generational tale of the Sephardic diaspora. . . . With prose as clear as the star-strewn sky, Morris's novel explores people's hidden connections." --Booklist (starred review) "Achieves affecting, poetic notes, its vignettes illuminating one thread of the Jewish Diaspora. . . . Deploys a rich palette of detail and color." --Kirkus Reviews "[A] spirited story of hidden faith. . . . Morris's richly detailed story explores the unlikely ways tradition can live on in the face of attempted annihilation." --Publishers Weekly "The story of the Torres family and its successful maintenances of ancient traditions . . . will have readers cheering." --Library Journal